Liverpool vs Manchester United: Can Jurgen Klopp puncture Jose Mourinho’s bus this time around?

A real buzz is expected in and around Anfield on Sunday afternoon when Liverpool host Manchester United in the North West derby. The hosts come into it as favourites based on everything we have seen so far in the season.

A demolishing 0-4 victory over Bournemouth and a surprising Man City’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge saw the Reds claim the top of the standings after 16 rounds. Can they maintain the lead after this weekend and fixture with bitter rivals Man United at Anfield?

A well-contested schedule is thus about to be continued for the hosts who played their decisive Champions League game on Tuesday evening.

Mohamed Salah was the hero for the second time in just four days as his goal made all the difference against Napoli, launching Jurgen Klopp’s side into the knockout phase of the prestigious continental competition.

Liverpool vs Manchester United: Head-to-head

Fierce rivals met each other this summer at the International Champions Cup when Liverpool took a 1-4 victory.

Manchester United claimed four points from two H2H games with the Reds in the previous term of Premier League as Jose Mourinho parked the bus on both occasions.

Man United are miles away from the title contest. They sit as low as 6th in the league ladder being eight points shy of Arsenal in 5th at the moment. However, the Red Devils finally managed to end a four-game winless streak in the Premier League beating Fulham 4-1 last weekend at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United is coming from the back of a Champions League loss at the hands of Valencia. They lost 2-1, however, they qualified for the knockout stage.

United won just one of last five away games in the league conceding two or more goals in four in the process. They have to be considered underdogs against inspired Liverpool side.

Four of last six head to head games ended without a winner and only one of past five EPL affairs saw three or more goals scored.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold will most likely miss the fixture.

Liverpool won their crucial Champions League group game in midweek but it came at a cost. Joel Matip is now out for six weeks and Trent Alexander-Arnold is a huge doubt for Sunday.

Jose Mourinho rested a number of first team players in midweek’s trip to Valencia and will restore most of them here.

The Manchester United manager confirmed after the 2-1 defeat to Valencia that Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young, who all came off the bench on Wednesday, will start at Anfield.

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